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The Fire Effects Information System - serving managers since before the Yellowstone fires

Author(s): Jane Kapler Smith, Janet L. Fryer, Kristin L. Zouhar
Year Published: 2009

This presentation will describe the current status of the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) and explore lessons learned from this 23-yearold project about the application of science to fire management issues. FEIS contains literature reviews covering biology and fire ecology for approximately 1,100 species in North America: plants and animals, native and nonnative. Established in 1985 and continually updated, the system has served managers, researchers, students, and the general public for >20 years. Species reviews in FEIS provide information that can help managers plan a prescribed fire, write a fire or fuel management plan, determine the need for post-fire rehabilitation, or assess the potential for increase of invasive species after fire. FEIS is cited in nearly half of EISs written by federal wildland fire managers. Research Project Summaries, a recent addition to FEIS, supplement species reviews and provide information on fire eff ects for an additional 250 species.

Citation: Smith, Jane Kapler; Fryer, Janet L.; Zouhar, Kristin. 2009. The Fire Effects Information System - serving managers since before the Yellowstone fires. In: Masters, R. E.; Galley, K. E. M.; Despain, D. G., eds. The '88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond: Conference Proceedings; 2008 September 22-27; Jackson Hole, WY. Tall Timbers Miscellaneous Publications No. 16. Tallahassee, FL: Tall Timbers Research Station. p. 62.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
NRFSN number: 16133
Record updated: Dec 13, 2017